Damaged Bridgeport light causes traffic woes

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BRIDGEPORT — A damaged traffic light is causing some issues in a local community. Motorists in Bridgeport have been experiencing some traffic difficulties at an intersection of Howard Street and Lincoln Avenue, near the Bridgeport post office. An accident damaged the traffic light that ...

Health Plan to boost development

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WHEELING —It may not be an ethane cracker, but The Health Plan CEO Jim Pennington said his company’s $16 million headquarters — housing nearly 400 full-time employees — is a “firecracker” for economic development in downtown Wheeling. The 53,000-square-foot, four-story structure ...

Belmont, Harrison counties prepare for election

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CADIZ — With the May 8 primary election approaching, candidates in Harrison and Belmont counties are preparing for the big day. In Harrison County, the positions that will see party nominees selected in the spring election are the county auditor’s seat and a county commission seat. So ...

RACHEL ANN Marie Ferrio was among the defendants sentenced Monday during Common Pleas Judge John Vavra’s court proceedings. She was sentenced for theft from an elderly woman while acting as a caregiver.


Vavra hears drug, theft from elderly cases

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Rachel Ann Marie Ferrio, 23, of 800 Pearl St., Martins Ferry, was sentenced by Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra for theft, a felony of the fifth degree occurring on June 23. Vavra imposed two years of community controls. She will serve 90 days in jail with a ...

Construction crews spent time Tuesday installing a new end barrier on Ohio 7 near Bridgeport. The center barrier was damaged after an accident that took place in early December.

Ohio 7 gets new barrier


BRIDGEPORT — Several months after a damaging accident, a section of Ohio 7 received a new end barrier. The barrier near the intersection of North Lincoln Avenue and Ohio 7 in Bridgeport was damaged by a vehicle colliding with it back in early December, when an accident involving two ...

Blasting work to resume on Ohio 7


BRILLIANT — Blasting work is scheduled to resume on Ohio 7 this week, with crews hoping to remove stubborn chunks of rock from above the highway. Work has been going on nearly continuously near Rush Run on Ohio 7 since March 2011, when a landslide restricted traffic along the road. Since ...

Martins Ferry cancels council meeting


MARTINS FERRY -- Martins Ferry City Council's regular meeting slated for tonight has been canceled due to the inclement weather. The next regular meeting is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

Mayor Blair Closser and Councilwomen Karen Vargo, left, and Jennifer Murray discuss the recently approved fire truck levy at the Yorkville Village Council meeting.

Fire safety, funding on Yorkville agenda

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YORKVILLE — Yorkville Village Council had new topics and unfinished business on its agenda Tuesday. Council members previously discussed contracting with System Award Management, which will help the community look for grants. Yorkville has not applied for a federal grant since 2013, but ...

Co-defendant convicted in fatal Bellaire break-in back in court


ST. CLAIRSVILLE — One of the co-defendants convicted in a deadly attempted home invasion in Bellaire was back in court this week, this time to plead guilty to vandalism of government property. Michael Scott Posey, 33, incarcerated, pleaded guilty to damaging sinks and bathroom equipment at ...

THE RED emergency 911 call box at the Bellaire Police Department has been moved indoors, just inside the first set of double doors at the station on Belmont Street. The station also will now be unlocked for visitors when an officer is at the station.

Bellaire’s emergency call box moved

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BELLAIRE — Visitors to the Bellaire Police Department may have noticed the bright red police call box has been moved to an interior portion of the building. Acting Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan on Tuesday said he moved the box — which contains a phone that when picked up ...

Kinney found guilty

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Jurors returned a guilty verdict in the trial of David Carl Kinney on Tuesday, convicting him of aggravated murder with a firearm specification. Kinney, 31, of Brilliant faces a life sentence for the fatal shooting of Brad McGarry, 43, at McGarry’s Bellaire residence. ...

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Historic hanging lecture tonight


Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato and Erica Keller of the Bellaire Great Stone Viaduct Society invite the public to a presentation at 6 p.m. today at Marion Hall in St. Clairsville. Fregiato will speak about the 1870 hanging of Thomas Carr for the murder of 14-year-old Louisa ...

City facing homeless problems


WHEELING — Robert Staymate said he is willing to risk a panhandling citation to keep a roof over his head so that he does not end up in a homeless encampment, such as the one along the creek in East Wheeling next to the Tunnel Green Recreation Complex. “I don’t want to be out here, but ...

Wheeling leaders OK $2M natural gas contract


WHEELING —City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved allowing energy company American Petroleum Partners to extract natural gas from under 336 acres of city-owned property. The deal is worth $6,000 per acre — about $2 million total before any royalty payments. American Petroleum, ...

WVNCC’s announces President’s List, Dean List


WHEELING – West Virginia Northern Community College announces the following students from Ohio have made the President’s List and Dean’s List for the 2017 fall semester: President’s List The President’s List is comprised of students who maintain a 4.0 grade point average in a ...

Belmont County jury finds Kinney guilty in McGarry’s death

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- A jury concluded today that David Carl Kinney is guilty of aggravated murder in the death of Brad McGarry. Kinney, 31, had been accused of murder in the shooting death that occurred at McGarry's Bellaire home. Testimony at trial revealed that the two men had been involved in ...

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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES quarterback Nick Folesá baby daughter Lily wears headphones to protect her hearing during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Headphones can protect young ears

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MARTINS FERRY -- After watching the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl on Sunday, some may have noticed the winning quarterbackás baby daughter wearing some cute pink head phones. Lily -- daughter of quarterback Nick Foles and his wife Tori -- likely was not listening to âWe Are The ...

T-L Photo/DYLAN McKENZIE/ Second-graders at Buckeye North Elementary School pose with âSammy Shovel,ã a mascot from the Ohio Utility Protection Service, on Monday. Students were treated to a fun presentation on the importance of calling before they or their parents dig in the yard.

Buckeye students learn not to dig too deep

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BRILLIANT -- Students at a local elementary school learned Monday about the importance of watching where they dig in the backyard, and how they can remind their parents to call 811 before doing work that involves digging. Volunteers with the Ohio Utility Protection Service visited Buckeye ...

T-L Photo/SHELLEY HANSON/ Bellaire Water Department worker John Kieffer, left, talks to resident Bill Pedelos at the scene of a 16-inch waterline break on 33rd Street. Village Administrator Scott Porter expected the break to be fixed and the water to be back by about 5 p.m. today.

No water in Bellaire

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BELLAIRE -- Bellaire Water Department workers still are at the scene of a 16-inch waterline break on 33rd Street that has forced the shutdown of the village's water within the city limits. Village Administrator Scott Porter expected the break to be fixed and the water to be back by about 5 ...

St. C. rate increase for top water users

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- The city is increasing the water rates for the top water users, who have apparently been benefiting from erroneous meter reading information since 2015. Meanwhile, residential users will see a break this year. "We found out the information that was inaccurate was in the ...